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Essex Becomes Latest County To Tackle Winter Roads With GPS

Article by: rob brady
Date: 6 Nov 2012

Following the example set by other UK counties, Essex County Council have announced plans to fit gritting lorries with GPS technology to ensure local roads are kept safe over winter.

GPS devices will record the movements of the gritting lorries, with details of which roads have been treated being published online.

This means drivers can check which local roads have been gritted before setting out in the morning; allowing them to plan their routes with greater care.

The use of GPS in winter road preparation is one which is becoming increasingly common in the UK, with other counties also making use of the technology.

Reports from last month detailed how Surrey County Council intended to implement a similar scheme with their road gritters also benefitting from sat nav technology.

Speaking on behalf of the initiative in Essex, the council's Cabinet Member for Roads, Derrick Louis, explained the system was designed to enable residents "to see what is happening almost in real time".

He also boldly asserted that the council were "absolutely ready for winter" - something which the 14,000 tonnes of gritting salt they have in storage is hopefully testament to.

The use of GPS will form part of the council's collaboration with highways firm Ringwood Jacobs and is claimed to come at no expense to the general public.


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Posted by worried on Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:30 pm Reply with quote

the active map of salt spreaders in Essex is here http://www.essexhighways.org/Winter-Maintenance/Track-the-gritting-lorries.aspx

Posted by worried on Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:07 pm Reply with quote

I hope the salt spreaders are not spreading it on the field, the maps are not very accurate

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